Opening gifts at a first birthday party

We were trying to decide whether to open gifts or not for our daughters first birthday.

Would it be rude to place on the gift table a card inviting people to stay after the party to watch her open the gifts? How should it be phrased to please the guests that want to watch and allow those not interested the freedom to not? Thank you!

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by: Ms P Etiquette

What a considerate question! Your guests are fortunate to have such a thoughtful hostess.

If you are sending written invitations, a simple line letting your guests know they may stay after if they wish. By putting the gift opening at the end of the party, you give permission that anyone may choose to leave before gift opening without feeling uncomfortable. If you are not actually sending out invitations, put a tent card on the gift table with the statement. Toward the end of the party it is also acceptable to remind the guests of their choice.

Happy First Birthday to your daughter and her proud parents.

Ms Practical Etiquette

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